Kshitigarbha

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Kshitigarbha (Skt. Kṣitigarbha; Tib. ས་ཡི་སྙིང་པོ་, Sa Yi Nyingpo, Wyl. sa yi snying po or sa'i snying po; Chi. 地藏, pin. Dìzàng) — one of the eight great bodhisattvas who is especially revered in China and Japan. Having vowed not to achieve buddhahood until all hells are emptied, his activity focuses more particularly on helping those who suffer in the hell realms.

He is often depicted as white in colour, holding a staff in his right hand and a jewel that symbolizes wisdom in his left hand.

Further Reading

  • Jamgön Mipham, A Garland of Jewels, (trans. by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso), Woodstock: KTD Publications, 2008.